Retinoblastoma is a relatively uncommon tumor that arises in the back of the eye during childhood. Approximately 300 children in the United States are diagnosed with retinoblastoma each year. Retinoblastomas are generally diagnosed in children between one and two years of age, but it can affect newborns, as well as children up to age 5. Once diagnosed, most children with retinoblastoma generally respond well to therapy with minimal to no loss of vision.
Why choose the Cancer Therapy & Research Center for your child’s retinoblastoma?
The board-certified pediatric oncologists who treat retinoblastoma are part of the Cancer Therapy & Research Center. Our team members are well-known experts in the management of cancer in children. We are the only National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center in Central and South Texas and many of the current treatments used for retinoblastoma patients here and around the world were developed here at the cancer center.
Our comprehensive team approach includes ophthalmologists, pediatric oncologists, neuro-oncologists/neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists. We have a renowned team of child psychologists, as well as child-life specialists, who specialize in helping kids adjust to cancer diagnosis and treatment. The individualized treatment approach for your child is coordinated and developed based on extensive discussion with the team at one of our pediatric oncology tumor board meetings.
We will provide a complete genetic counseling evaluation with support while we’re developing a diagnosis and treatment plan for your child. Knowing the genetic component of your child’s disease is critical in assessing the risk that retinoblastoma may develop in potential future children. We can determine the risk to your extended family.
Ten board-certified pediatric oncology physicians participate and lead many clinical trials offered through the Children’s Oncology Group, as well as studies that are sponsored by national and international pediatric cancer groups, including those focused on retinoblastoma. Our pediatric oncology physicians are part of UTKids, UT Health San Antonio’s pediatric practice and are affiliated with University Health System’s Children’s Health.
An advantage of receiving care from our pediatric oncology team is that they can offer opportunities for new cancer treatments and cancer detection tests. Not only are our physicians members of the Children’s Oncology Group, but in 2015 we became active members in the Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigators Consortium, which offers the newest therapies and studies for children with cancer.
Make an appointment
To request an appointment with our team or to make a referral to one of our physicians, please call the main number: 210-450-1000 or 800-340-2872 or email CTRCReferral@uthscsa.edu.